Henry Wood’s iconic work originally marked the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, but has since become synonymous with the Last Night of the Proms. Here, Phillip Littlemore arranges a compact showcase of the highlights from The Saucy Arethusa and Jack the Lad (hornpipe) to the ever popular crowd favourite Rule Britannia.
Henry Wood’s medley Fantasia on British Sea Songs was arranged in 1905 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. For many years it has been an indispensible item at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms concert. Wood’s arrangement comprises nine parts, although over time the original version has been cut to make it a more manageable length, as has this brass band transcription. The movements selected are The Saucy Arethusa; Tom Bowling; Jack The Lad (The Hornpipe); Home, Sweet Home; See The Conquering Hero Comes; Rule Britannia.